Category Archives: U.S. Events

Afghanistan’s Traditional Arts After Years of Conflict

Please join us on Wednesday, October 19th at 5:30 pm for a lecture regarding “Afghanistan’s Traditional Arts After Years of Conflict” presented by Professor Ann W. Norton of Providence College. The lecture will be held at 725 Commonwealth Ave, room 303A with a reception to follow.  

How does the context of war effect the method? Qualitative research in/on armed conflicts

  A lecture by Teresa Koloma Beck PhD Tuesday May 12 5:00 pm  The lecture will discuss the main challenges for social science research in/on violent conflict and its implications for developing methodological approaches. Scientific knowledge is supposed to be produced through systematic and controlled processes of data gathering and analysis. Drawing on experiences from ethnographic […]

From Sufis to Taliban: Trajectories of Islam in Afghanistan

From October 30 to October 31, 2014 AIAS co-sponsored a conference hosted by UCLA’s Program on Central Asia, called “From Sufis to Taliban: Trajectories of Islam in Afghanistan.” Providing idioms and organizations for both anti-state and anti-foreign mobilization, Islam has proven to be a vital socio-political resource in modern Afghanistan. Even as it has been […]

Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History (Video)

The American Institute of Afghanistan Studies was pleased to host this public lecture with Professor Thomas Barfield. “Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History” Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 5:00 – 8:30 pm Boston University The Castle, 225 Bay State Road, Boston MA Cosponsored by the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations  and the […]

Concepts of Statehood and Territoriality in Early Modern Afghanistan

-An International Conference of the UCLA Program on Central Asia Charles E. Young Research Library Building, Los Angeles, CA- Christine Nölle-Karimi from the Institute for Iranian Studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences specializes in regional history and concepts of power and space. She is the author of State and Tribe in Nineteenth-Century Afghanistan (1997), on the […]

Heroin Heroines: Women and the Men Who Work with Them in Afghanistan’s Drug Trade

-An International Conference of the UCLA Program on Central Asia Charles E. Young Research Library Building, Los Angeles, CA- Fariba Nawa is the author of Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords and One Woman’s Journey Through Afghanistan, a mix of memoir and reportage about the drug trade in Afghanistan, (Harper Perennial, November 2011). In this talk, […]

Great Games? Afghan History through Afghan Eyes

-An International Conference of the UCLA Program on Central Asia Charles E. Young Research Library Building, Los Angeles, CA- The year 2011 marks the eightieth anniversary of the death of Fayz Muhammad Katib, often considered to have been the founder of modern Afghan history writing. Whether in the present day or in the Katib’s own period, […]

AIAS Board of Trustees Meeting

-Held in conjunction with 2009 MESA Conference Vineyard Room (4th Floor), Marriott Copley Place Hotel, Boston- The 2009 Board of Trustees Meeting for AIAS will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2009 in conjunction with the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA. The meeting will begin […]

In Afghanistan: AQ&A with Journalist/Author David Loyn

-A Lecture by David Loyn, BBC The Castle, 225 Bay State Road, Boston MA- Afghanistan has been a strategic prize for foreign empires for more than 200 years. The British, Russians, and Americans have all fought across its beautiful and inhospitable terrain, in conflicts variously ruthless, misguided and bloody. This violent history is the subject […]

Re-discovering Afghanistan’s Hidden Treasures

-The Castle, 225 Bay State Road, Boston, MA- Dr. Fredrik Hiebert’s presentation, Re-discovering Afghanistan’s Hidden Treasures provides the back-story to the preservation of the masterpieces of the Kabul Museum. These artifacts, long-thought missing during two decades of civil war in Afghanistan, were actually hidden not destroyed or looted. It is a powerful double story – […]